THE Cebu City Government expects a more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ) status for the city in August.
Mayor Edgardo Labella hopes the city’s quarantine status will be downgraded to GCQ so more business establishments can operate and more residents will be allowed to work.
“It’s not that I am confident because everything rests in the assessment of the IATF,” said Labella in a phone call conference.
His spokesman Rey Gealon, in a virtual presser on Thursday, July 30, 2020, said members of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Emergency Operations Center have been discussing the matter.
Loosening restrictions in the city, though, will be entirely up to the President, who has yet to make an announcement, Gealon said.
He said the number of patients who have recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the city is now nearing 60 percent.
As of Wednesday, July 29, Cebu City had 5,099 recorded recoveries, while confirmed Covid-19 cases reached 8,898 with 473 mortalities.
Should the city’s quarantine status be downgraded to GCQ, Labella reminded the public to continue practicing health protocol.
In Mandaue City, Covid-19 recoveries have surpassed the number of active cases on Wednesday.
Mandaue City has 1,780 confirmed Covid-19 cases. Of that number, 728 are active cases with 970 recoveries and 82 deaths.
John Eddu Ibañez, Mayor Jonas Cortes’ executive secretary, said they are hopeful that the rise in the number of recoveries will be the start of flattening the curve for Covid-19 in the city.
Ibañez said he is pleased with the current development.
He said the City continues to implement its five-point program to contain the pandemic: contact tracing, diagnostic, logistics, information dissemination and management of the dead.
The IATF has yet to announce Mandaue City’s quarantine status in August. The city is on GCQ.
Meanwhile, Ibañez said they will wait for the IATF’s recommendation.
However, he believes the recent rise in the number of recoveries in the city will be one of the factors the IATF will be looking at while it mulls the city’s next status. (JJL, KFD)